Emerging companies that apply to meet with major firms at the Monday, March 16 Tech Summit in Green Bay’s Lambeau Field may enjoy tours and a reception the day before the match-making event.

Beginning 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, conference attendees are invited to tour the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. That will be followed by tours of TitletownTech, an innovation center for young, tech-based companies just a short walk from Lambeau Field.

A networking reception will be located at the Leaps and Bounds Café, hosted by Lodge Kohler. A detailed schedule and hotel room block information at Lodge Kohler is located at wistechsummit.com. Both tours and the reception are included in the Tech Summit registration fees.

Attendees are encouraged to attend the social events the day before the Tech Summit in order to network with representatives of major firms, other emerging companies and Wisconsin Technology Council staff and sponsors. The Tech Council is producing the seventh annual Tech Summit along with the Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum.

Emerging companies should apply by Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. to meet with major firms and explore potential business relationships around technology needs and innovation as part of the Tech Summit. Past emerging companies are welcome to apply.

Applications (available online) are also welcome from early stage funds that may want to introduce portfolio companies and otherwise connect with major firms. A selection process involving major companies and the Tech Council will follow. Selected companies may meet with multiple companies, depending on mutual interest. Companies that are not selected to participate will receive a full refund.

The Tech Summit will feature a series of brief meetings, or “speed dates,” to foster communication and partnership.

Participating major firms thus far are: AT&T, Aurora Research Institute, CGI, Dedicated Computing, Exact Sciences, GE Healthcare, J.P. Morgan, Kimberly-Clark, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Northwestern Mutual, Oshkosh Corp., Promega, Rockwell Automation, Schneider, Schreiber Foods, Titletown Tech, WEA Trust, and WIPFLi. Additional firms may be announced soon.

Major firms will be able to hear from emerging companies with innovative products or services tied to areas such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence, blockchain, software and data analytics in sectors ranging from health care to information systems, and from power electronics to telecommunications.

Attendance at the event is limited to representatives of participating major companies, selected emerging firms or funds and event sponsors. Limited general admission may be opened in the weeks prior to the event.

The March 16 “speed date” meetings are 15 minutes each with five minutes between. Other features of the event are:

  • Educational “Office Hours” seminars, which will be available to all participants during those times in which they are not scheduled for individual meetings;
  • An event overview and opening discussion to help set the stage for emerging companies by allowing major firms to talk generally about their goals, needs and emerging markets;
  • A continental breakfast, networking lunch and onsite reception.

Sponsors thus far include;  American Transmission Co., AT&T, AVI Systems, Axis Communications, Baird Capital, BDO, Ben Brewer Photography, Burish Group at UBS Financial Services, CGI, Concordia University Wisconsin, Cupertino Electric, Dedicated Computing, Flad Architects, Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, Green Bay Packers, Herzing University, Information Technology Professionals, Insperity, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Northwestern Mutual, Oshkosh Corp., Rockwell Automation, University Research Park, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering, UWM Research Foundation, Varonis, Versiti, WEA Trust, WHEFA, WIPFLi, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., and Zendesk.

Visit wistechsummit.com for more information on the event, the application process, registration and sponsorship opportunities.